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    MedComms Networking - 21 January 2020


    The exciting news this week is that we've published the new (3rd) edition of our annual careers guide for wannabe account managers. The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management, authored by Lindsey Heer. It's one of four careers guides provided through the FirstMedCommsJob service. It would be great to see a wave of social media type activity highlighting it this week. For instance, please share my status update on LinkedIn and join in on Twitter using hashtag #MedComms. Let's make some positive noise together. Everyone wins by us attracting talented individuals into MedComms.

    Meanwhile, and to celebrate launching the updated account managers' guide, four specialists who are profiled in this new edition will join me online on Wednesday 5 February, for a free MedComms webinar. We'll talk about their journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of account managers, training opportunities and career prospects. The four panellists are Aveen Hamid (Lucid Group), Abigail Lowe (Fishawack Group), Charlotte Lupton (Helios Medical Communications ) and Rob Woods (Ashfield Healthcare Communications). Everyone welcome.

    The weekly MedComms webinars start again next Wednesday, 29 January, with Nurturing a digital, multichannel, mindset in MedComms, when we'll be joined by Tim Sparke (Partner at Congregation Ltd) and Faisal Ahmed (Digital Consultant and co-founder of the Digitally Sick podcast).

    And I can now confirm we'll finish this next series on 1 April with what should be an interesting discussion about Environmental sustainability in medical communications led by Sarah Sikora from Envision Pharma Group.

    Mike Dixon, CEO of the Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) wrote in his new blog for PMLive last week, that for Pharma, the need to address sustainability is important, "not just as a show of corporate responsibility, but also for sound business reasons as customers start demanding more sustainable practices within their procurement."

    I suspect it'll be on everyone's agendas this year. Please join the #greenMedCommms discussion.

    Finally - and I'm aware many of you are in London today at the 2020 European Meeting of The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) - I hope you saw Ben Goldacre's article in The Lancet at the weekend, Compliance with legal requirement to report clinical trial results on a cohort study. Who is doing good and who is doing bad may surprise some people. A Keynote lecture from Ben at this year's ISMPP event might have sounded very different to the one we heard a few years ago, when it was all about 'Bad Pharma'. Not that Pharma is perfect, I know. But it's notable how the narrative has distinctly changed. "Industry sponsors were significantly more likely to be compliant than non-industry..."

    We should celebrate what we're doing in MedComms. Please, respond to the MedComms Barometer and tell us how you're feeling about the year ahead.

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    Peter Llewellyn
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